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Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$
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Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001

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Detention of Women Asylum Seekers in the United States: A Disgrace

Detention of Women Asylum Seekers in the United States: A Disgrace

(p.287) 56 Detention of Women Asylum Seekers in the United States: A Disgrace
Interrupted Life

Marleine Bastien

Rosta Telfort

University of California Press

Everyday, women flee their countries of origin to come to the United States for asylum. Many of the 135,000 to 150,000 refugees in removal proceedings at any given time in the United States are women who are forced to flee their countries of origin as a result of war, political instability, and other societal conflicts related to their gender, including state repression, politically unstable in-country conditions, female genital mutilation, political rapes, sexual slavery, prostitution, and planned and forced marriages. Instead of receiving the protection for which they travel many miles, sometimes in the most horrible conditions, women detainees frequently report physical and sexual abuse, overcrowded facilities, inadequate or nonexistent medical care, and illegal, arbitrary, insensitive discipline and solitary confinement. This chapter highlights the experiences of women detainees across Florida and the conditions in the detention centers in the Miami Department of Homeland Security District.

Keywords:   United States, refugees, women detainees, Florida, detention, Miami Department of Homeland Security District, asylum, sexual abuse

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